Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai is China’s largest horticultural fair and the China Flowers Association in cooperation with Messe Essen are the show’s organizers. Over 20,000 trade visitors are expected at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre April 22-24, the second largest fair center in the People’s Republic of China, according to a news release. More than 450 exhibitors will show their wares and official country pavilions from France, Germany, the Netherlands... Read more
FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair 2015 is slated for March 18-19 in Naaldwijk, Netherlands, and is expected to attract thousands of trade visitors. More than 400 growers of cut flowers, green and flowering house plants and garden plants will showcase their wares, according to a news release. This year, the Seasonal Trade Fair will join forces with the Florist Event, a business gathering for patrons of the Florists’ Clock Naaldwijk, and this move will increase... Read more
Plant Introductions Inc., located in Watkinsville, GA, and developers of numerous innovative varieties of ornamental plants, has been purchased by Bailey Nurseries, based in St. Paul, MN, according to a news release. “This new venture is a natural progression in our relationship with [PII partners] Dr. Michael Dirr, Jeff Beasley and Mark Griffith,” said Bailey Nurseries president Terri McEnaney in the release. “We have built such a collaborative rapport over... Read more
Andy Higgins was appointed in January as president of MasterTag, a leader in horticultural tagging and merchandising, according to a news release. Higgins brings more than 25 years of relevant industry experience to his new role, having previously served as chief executive officer and president of Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, CA. “We believe Andy will help excel MasterTag to our collective vision for the industry’s future,” said Rick Hughes, owner and chief executive... Read more
AmericanHort recently announced the election of new officers and members to the board of directors, according to a news release: • Dale Deppe, owner at Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, MI, was elected chairman of the board. • Terri Cantwell, owner at Bates Sons & Daughters in Lake Placid, FL, was elected vice chairman. • Mark Foertmeyer, owner at Foertmeyer & Sons Greenhouses in Delaware, OH, will become the immediate past chairman. Four industry... Read more
The Society of American Florists announced in a news release that Shawn McBurney joined its staff as the new senior director of government relations. “Shawn has an impressive breadth and depth of experience in government relations having worked on the Hill, for the federal government, for a nonprofit and a trade association,” said SAF chief operating officer Drew Gruenburg in the release. McBurney is the former senior vice president of governmental affairs at... Read more
The Floral Marketing Research Fund, in collaboration with the American Floral Endowment, released findings from a recent study of funeral directors. The downloadable free report includes thoughts and preferences on sympathy flowers, charity donations vs. flowers, consumers’ reactions toward sympathy flowers, the relationship between floral retailers and funeral directors and more, according to a news release. The Funeral Directors and Flowers Report analyzes... Read more
Herman Hamer, chief executive officer at Florensis, based in The Netherlands, was elected by the membership as Fleuroselect’s 19th president. Fleuroselect is an international organization for the ornamental plant industry that includes the testing, protecting and promoting of new flower varieties. Membership includes breeders, producers and distributors of ornamental varieties. Fleuroselect is run by the members and a board of elected members is supported by... Read more
The International Association of Horticultural Producers will hold its spring meeting March 18-19 in Paris, France, according to a news release. The AIPH is a coordinating body representing horticultural producers’ organizations from all over the world. It was set up in Switzerland in 1948 to stimulate international marketing of flowers, plants and landscaping services and currently includes 26 growers’ organizations from more than 19 countries. The spring meeting... Read more
Gerberas are beautiful, trendy flowers that have some unique common problems. They are highly sensitive to bacteria because of the hairy nature of their stems, which causes short vase life, hanging blooms and crooked stems. So Chrysal International decided to develop a flower food specifically for Gerberas to help combat these problems. Introduced at the International Floriculture Trade Fair in the Netherlands in November 2014, Chrysal Gerbera Flower Food improves... Read more
“Botanical Bliss 2015,” the American Institute of Floral Designers Southern Chapter Conference, takes place April 10-12 in Homewood, AL, and will feature a three-hour, hands-on workshop led by Jay Schwanke, chief executive officer at uBloom.com. Schwanke will discuss his designs; tips and techniques used, and will also share his experiences of traveling the world. Mandy Majerik, owner at Hothouse Design Studio in Birmingham, AL, and co-chair of the conference told... Read more
A series of ten gatherings across the United States, dubbed the “American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour,” will place seasonal, local and sustainable American grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food and beverages are served by a farm-to-table chef, according to a press release. Each gathering will be held at an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the art and science of flower farming and makes a personal connection... Read more
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council Northern California Expo is slated for April 8 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, under the banner “The Power of Partnership.” There will be a pre-expo cocktail reception on April 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Pleasanton at The Club. Carissa Mace, president of FP&FC in Anaheim, CA, told The Produce News “approximately 1,500 attendees are expected, which is on par with last year.” There... Read more
Previously known as Professional Secretaries Week, Administrative Professionals Week is always the last full week of April, and Administrative Professionals Day is the Wednesday of that week. It’s a time set aside to recognize support staff for their accomplishments and contributions to business success. Research from Texas A&M University reveals that flowers and plants will naturally lift an employee’s mood, create a lasting memory and boost productivity,... Read more
COON RAPIDS, MN — More than 75 volunteers came out on a sub-zero night, here, and actually paid for the opportunity to pack specially formulated meals to feed starving children in the world. The 114 boxes of 24,624 meals packed by the volunteers at this year’s Feed My Starving Children Valentine’s Day Hearts for Hope event will be shipped to the Philippines and will feed 67 children for an entire year. Lisa Ellis, site supervisor at FMSC, told The Produce News... Read more
Recycling is currently trendy but The Bloom Project, a nonprofit based in Bend, OR, is re-purposing a special product that most people don’t immediately think of as recyclable — fresh flowers. Blossoms donated by local florists, special events, wholesalers, supermarket floral centers and growers are rearranged into new bouquets by trained volunteers and then delivered to patients in hospice and palliative care centers. The organization began in November 2007... Read more
Thirty-six American flower and foliage farms representing 10 states and hundreds of millions of homegrown stems — and that’s just the beginning. In seven short months, the American Grown brand has gained momentum and has become the pertinent answer to key questions on the minds of caring consumers and conscientious designers nationwide: Where were these flowers grown? And who grew them? Today, consumers everywhere are concerned about the origins of the goods they... Read more
Garden centers will soon be up and running after a cold and snowy winter. Once spring arrives, business can take off very quickly and also be extremely profitable if handled correctly. In most cases, depending on the zone, garden center season lasts from the end of April until the end of May; not a long period of time for something that could bring in big profits. With such a small window for selling, it is very important to be ahead of the curve. The most successful... Read more
“When it’s Spring again I’ll bring again, tulips from Amsterdam. With a heart that’s true I’ll give to you, tulips from Amsterdam. I can’t wait until the day you fill these eager arms of mine. Like the windmill keeps on turning, that’s how my heart keeps on yearning. For the day I know we can share these tulips from Amsterdam.” ~ Tulips from Amsterdam, a popular song recorded in 1958 by British entertainer Max Bygraves (1922-2012). When you hear the word “tulips,”... Read more
At the 2002 Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa, Canada, the “Great Tulip Conference of the Royal National Tulip Society” (last held in London in 1897), was revived under the new title of the World Tulip Summit, according to the organization’s website. The Summit brought together delegates from some of the world’s leading tulip festivals and floral events to celebrate the special history of the tulip and its relationship with mankind over many centuries. Representatives... Read more